Followingmass shootingslast month in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that left a total of 31 people dead, a few major supermarket chains havechanged their policyin an attempt to limit gun violence.
Albertsons has joined a list of retailers — including Walmart, Kroger, CVS and Walgreens — that have asked shoppers to not openly carry firearms.
“We want our stores to feel safe & welcoming for all, so we respectfully ask customers to not openly carry firearms in our stores unless they are authorized law enforcement officers,” the company said in a tweet.
Others responded to the tweet by Albertsons, including Dinah Miller, who wrote: “Thank you. No one needs a gun displayed around my Tom Thumb pharmacy or around little kids with their moms in the produce section. Signed, gun owner.”
The new supermarket changes will occur even in states where open-carry is legal in the hope it wards off potential shooters.
It’s not clear how the companies will implement or enforce their new policies, although a Walmart spokespersontold TIMEthat employees will be trained on how to deal with customers who walk in with a firearm. Other changes by Walmart include an announcement last Tuesday detailing the end of handgun sales in Alaska, and the discontinuation of short-barrel rifle and handgun ammunition sales nationwide.
“We know these decisions will inconvenience some of our customers, and we hope they will understand,” company CEO, Doug McMillon said. “As a company, we experienced two horrific events in one week, and we will never be the same.”
McMillon noted the store wouldn’t change its policy and approach regarding concealed-carry permits.